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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Apr 18, 2011 1:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Musical clarity, simplicity, and Garcia's late 60s improvisational style

I'm currently on a mission back to 1982 to see what is going on. What I'm hearing is a snappy Jerry that can shred and wail and cry. Consistency is not a strong suit though.

I think my favorite years for Jerry's guitar playing have got to 75-76 with JGB. But I'm more of a Grateful Dead fan than a JGB fan because of the incredible dynamics and lush arrangements. As has been said before Jerry really liked being "set up" during his solos, playing off the band. You see this tendency come out very early in their history. Stayed true for a long time, except those nights when Jerry was in his own world...

While technological innovation was very important in the GD developing their sound, I think it is the band chemistry and individual yet complementary talents of the members that is more directly related to Garcia's use of dynamics.